2 Arrested in 2012 Assault on Trinity College Student

Hartford police have arrested two people tied to the 2012 assault of a Trinity College student who was attacked while walking home from a party near campus.

Pedro Carillo, 20, and Veronica Marquez, 27, both of Hartford, were charged on Thursday with second-degree assault and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault.

At the time of the incident, police said three women and two men jumped Trinity sophomore Chris Kenney while he was walking on the outskirts of campus March 4, 2012. The attack sent him to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and jaw.

"The victim was walking from a party in the early morning hours just off campus. A car drove by, words were exchanged, the female got out, we believe, and struck the male victim," Foley said.

A spokesperson for the college said Kenney has since recovered and graduated.

Although these arrests are the first, police said the case never once went cold.

"Early on in the investigation, we received an anonymous tip from our Crime Stoppers line identifying some of the suspects involved," explained Hartford police spokesman Deputy Chief Brian Foley. "Last week, our detectives were involved in an investigation where they received information from a cooperating witness."

Foley said Trinity has been cooperative and worked closely with police every step of the way. He explained that campus security has advanced over the years and said Trinity is much safer than it was at the time of the incident.

"Our detectives were relentless," said Foley.

In the wake of the incident, Kenney's family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspects' arrests.

Carillo has six prior arrests in Hartford and is currently in custody on unrelated charges, according to police.

Marquez has nine previous arrests in Hartford. She appeared in court on Friday, where the judge ordered her held on $250,000 bond.

She was ordered to have no contact with her codefendants and to stay away from Trinity. 

Marquez does not have criminal record in Connecticut, but has prior arrests in Ohio, officials said. 

She is due back in court on March 19.

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